Food Labelling – Do You Know What You’re Eating?

Food Labelling – Do You Know What You’re Eating?

Friday, 12 August 2011 21:20

Food Ingredient Lists…Beware:

If food companies really had your health and best interests at heart, why do you think they never tell you in plain English, what is actually in their product? Because you most likely wouldn’t buy it.

Here is a few ingredient list items that are currently being used to pull the wool over your eyes. Watch out for them.

1. ‘Nature equivalent’ or ‘substantially equivalent’

It can actually (usually) means…genetically modified. This term is being used by GM food manufacturers to mask the fact that the food contains GM ingredients. Give me a break. This really is a criminal act.

If you know anything about genetically modified food, it is as far from being equivalent to Mother Nature’s foods, as Collingwood are to be a likeable football team!!! Avoid these foods wherever possible.

2. Sodium chloride

Actually means…Salt.

Hmmm. Why wouldn’t they just say so???

3. Wheat

Actually means…Refined or processed wheat.

Real wheat is ‘whole’ wheat. It contains the fibre rich bran (i.e. wheatbran), the nutrient rich germ (i.e. wheatgerm) and the endosperm. All these things are what makes wheat health promoting. Processed wheat is stripped of the germ & bran – basically most (all) of its natural health promoting goodness. This is essentially the difference between wholewheat /wholemeal flour / bread/products and white flour/bread etc.

However, refined flour products/white bread etc are not simply just devoid of nutrition, they actually promote ill-health. Of course, refined wheat does not have to be labelled as refined. So if you want to make healthier choices, look for and eat products that are labelled as ‘whole wheat’, not just wheat.

4. Sugar-Free or No Added Sugar…LOOK OUT!!!

Usually means…full of (poisonous) ‘artificial sweeteners’

If you think, artificial sweeteners are a healthy alternative, think again. Things like Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal, Extra Chewing gum, Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi) and Splenda etc are literally poisons. Seriously, when aspartame is heated above 86 degrees (F), it’s alcohol is converted to formaldehyde, eventually leading to metabolic acidosis.

They are poisonous to the nervous system (considered ‘neurotoxins’) – aspartame used to be banned in the U.S for it’s adverse effects) and there is significant (and growing) research now showing links between these ‘unnatural’ sweeteners and a range of diseases, especially things. According to the FDA aspartame is associated with headaches/migraines, blurred vision, muscle aches, nausea, memory loss, dizziness etc, so if you get any of these look out for it (see No.5 below).

* Even better, avoid these products for a week or two and see if your symptoms improve – they often do…significantly.

5. Sweetener (951)

Actually means…aspartame

Again, why wouldn’t they just say that?…something to hide???

For more on the dangers of things like aspartame (nutrasweet etc), see https://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/ or do a random search on Google or Yahoo.

Overall Advice:


Whether it is sugar, butter, salt, fat etc, they are all okay in their ‘natural’ form when eaten in moderation.

Don’t replace ‘high’ sugar intakes, with high artificial sweetener intakes. Replace high sugar intakes, with low to moderate ‘natural’ sugar intakes.

It’s really not that hard. Basically, whenever you see the word ‘artificial’ (the exact opposite of ‘natural’) run to the hills!

Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn – is a leading natural health researcher specialising in Ayurvedic medicine, author of the three-time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘ and one of Australasia's most popular health and performance speakers.  Mark is also CEO of David Lynch Foundation Australia.